John Mayer said it

I stumbled across John Mayer’s blog last year some time, I don’t remember how. It’s weird because I’m not a fan of his music, not that I dislike it, I just don’t listen to it. Aside from being pretty funny, on more than one occasion I’ve read something he wrote and felt really connected to it. Here’s a snippet from a post entitled “From the Heart

“What now, then? I can only really say for myself: Enjoy who I am, the talents and the liabilities. Stop acting careless. In fact, care more. Be vulnerable but stay away from where it hurts. Read. See more shows. Of any kind. Rock shows, art shows, boat shows. Create more art. Wear hoodies to dinner. Carry a notebook and hand it to people when they passionately recommend something and ask them to write it down for me.

Root for others.

Give more and expect the same in return, but over time.

Act nervous when I’m nervous, puzzled when I don’t know what the hell to do, and smile when it all goes my way. And never in any other order than that.

And when it’s all over, whether at the end of this fabulous career or of this life, which I hope takes place at the same time, I should look back and say that I had it good and I made the most of it while I was able. And so should you.”

It’s definitely worth reading the whole post as it adds some context, but this particular bit really hits home. Go off and be good!

One Comment

  1. Reminds me of a quote by Mark Twain: “Be good and you will be lonesome.” To which Jimmy Buffett added “Be lonesome and you will be free. Live a lie and you will live to regret it. That’s what living is to me.”

    - Mike Phenow (Aug 20, 2008)

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